The story says " allowed an attacker to steal 370,000 Zerocoin, which is about $592,000 at today's price". I seriously doubt 370,000 Zerocoins is worth anywhere near $592k now that the news is out and trading has been suspended. If you can't spend it, it's worth is zero, which kind of makes sense for something named Zerocoin. The name should have been warning enough.
That 3000 pages is based on 5% coverage, one side only, so divide by half, for 1,500 pages. If you pay $50 a cart, that's 3-1/3 cents a sheet. Also, the character print density at that rate isn't great - you may need to increase it, giving about 5 cents a sheet. It will also vary depending on the font size, style, etc., but ignoring that, a 200 page book would be 100 sheets, or $3.33 for ink, which isn't bad. Throw in $7-8 bucks for 500 sheets of decent paper, that brings the cost per book to ~$5, plus cover and binding. You can do the binding and cover yourself for less than $5 a book so it still makes sense for a limited run, but in the end it's still an inkjet.
Now if instead of 8-1/2 x 11, you print 8-1/2 x 14, 2 pages per side, you get pages that measure 8-1/2" h x 7" w, which is a more pleasing format, or you can cut it down to 6" wide or less to get a more pleasing aspect ratio (though the extra wide margins are "classy" when the reader wants to make marginal notes, or you want to include call-outs that project into the margins). Plus, with the pages folded, you can sew your book pages together, making them much more durable. Your 200 page book then becomes 50 sheets, and you can make this from 10 signatures of 5 sheets (20 pages) each. Of course, you'll need to find someone with a professional printer's guillotine to trim the edges so that the finished product has a nice look (or a belt sander and large vise to hold everything in place, but you'll probably end up scrapping everything this way, at least the first few times, so practice on unprinted "books" first).
Just distribute it as a free epub, and include a link for people who want to donate towards the next book - with donations to receive a thank you acknowledgement in the next book. "This book has been made possible by donations from $LIST_OF_PEOPLE".
You're either stupid or naive if you think that encryption protects your data. Encryption on a compromised device (and what device hasn't been compromised) is worth less than toilet paper. And that doesn't even account for the recipient either being compromised or sharing it, either voluntarily or by force. Smart people assume that ANYTHING that you put into electronic form for transmission over the net might as well be public.
As just one example where paper is better than electronic data, consider cash. Cash is still king. Try making a purchase electronically without a net connection. Try making a purchase electronically if the bank thinks it's a suspicious transaction and locks your account. Try making a purchase electronically if you lose your phone or the battery dies (or explodes).
It's also easier to forge faxes, emails, pdfs, etc. to "document" a fake sale. Paper, you still need the original signatures (photocopies are not accepted unless both sides agree, and only a fool would agree to such a stipulation). Paper is also easier to file with registry offices and you can leave a notarized paper trail. E-records are not there yet, and probably never will be, because anything electronic can be faked.
Does that include WYSIWYG word processing software that put all those typesetters out of work? Bill, you owe some back taxes.
If that were the case, Gutenberg owes some backtaxes for all the scribes he put out of business.
"English is a language that lurks in dark alleys, beats up other languages and rifles through their pockets for spare vocabulary."
--attributed to James D. Nicoll
The original, complete quote appears to be:
"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."
Latin is older than English, but a thousand times better as a language.
Which must be why it's used so today. Oh, wait....
Wait, there are adverts on youtube?
Bingo. Since installing Adblock I haven't seen a single one. Particularly nice on those 20- or 30-minute videos where they cram an ad in every 2 or 3 minutes. I used to HATE that, now I just laugh as the progress button just moves right past the little yellow "here's an ad" line without a hiccup.
New systems generate new problems.